The challenge: Ad-Hoc Videoconferencing

Datum: 30.03.2020


Currently everyone is talking about: remote work, home office, mobile work or even telework. A challenge for numerous companies I was able to talk to in the last days: To quickly create a scalable IT infrastructure with which distributed teams can work together successfully and effectively.

While mobile work is the de-facto standard for some companies, others are failing because of this big challenge. At gridscale we have been working in distributed teams for almost six years. We use video telephony for meetings and customer appointments, we communicate via chat applications and even meet in our kitchen for remote coffee.

Besides holding meetings and the basis for remote teamwork, there are other aspects we have learned at gridscale over the last years. So it is very important to keep the social aspect, i.e. the togetherness, even in remote collaboration.

We have found different ways to anchor this social interaction in our corporate culture. For example, we regularly invite each other for remote coffee or have lunches together remotely. The following screenshot from last Monday 🙂 illustrates that even our weekly All-Hands is no particular challenge.

Team videoconference

Our solution without vendor lock-in

If you follow the news, you can see that the providers of different solutions are in a race to provide solutions for remote collaboration. Behind the scenes, however – and almost no one talks about it – it’s a tough business.

The plight of many companies is now being exploited to create a lock-in effect on the “customer” as quickly as possible. According to our observation, aspects such as digital sovereignty are being completely undermined.

As an infrastructure provider, one of our paradigms is to offer our customers solutions without vendor lock-in. As gridscale we focus on open interfaces and solutions that are available in source code (Open Source). For us, the preservation of the digital sovereignty of the customer is our priority.

To enable efficient communication in these days, our product team has provided the application Jitsi Meet on the gridscale marketplace. With this virtual appliance every company can quickly and easily install its own chat and video conference server.

The installation is done as usual with two clicks. The focus is on the fast and uncomplicated provision of a means of communication without having to deal with the technical details.

Jitsi Meet is a well-known open source solution and has received the DINAcon Award from the CH Open in 2017.

Henrik Hasenkamp

Henrik Hasenkamp | CEO - Strategie & Partner
Henrik is gridscale’s CEO. In this function, he is primarily responsible for the strategic development of gridscale, as well as important partnerships. Henrik has experience of 15 years in the hosting industry. In his last role, he took charge of the international realignment of the dedicated server business of one Europe’s largest hosting companies.

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